Note: This article is also available at Ideas Without End HERE
This article, much like my previous retrospectives on Code Geass and Gurren Lagann, is intended to provide a comprehensive look at a much-discussed series and consider it critically. The series in question this time is Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, originally aired in 2011. Madoka provides an atypical look at the crowded “magical girl” genre, a subgenre of superhero stories popular in Japan since the 1960s-70s which has come to encompass a number of expected elements – a mostly female cast of superheroines, usually of school age, having to balance their duties as costumed heroes with secret identities against their ordinary lives and the problems of daily school life.
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